Dr. Cathy McAuliffe

2024 Democratic Candidate for Texas State House Representative (District 32)

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Getting to Know Cathy

Cathy McAuliffe has almost 50 years of experience working with young children and teaching early childhood professionals. She holds a master’s degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies (Early Childhood) and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Development. Her studies include 18 graduate hours in Early Childhood Education. Cathy is the former chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College, where she taught for almost 27 years. She currently teaches online early childhood courses for NorthWest Arkansas Community College. In Rockport, she was instrumental in working with the Executive Director of the Children’s Coalition of Aransas County in designing and opening the Coastal Bend Child Development Center.

She believes that every child deserves to be raised in a quality environment and that we adults are responsible for making policies and laws that support our youngest citizens so that they can develop to their fullest potential and become well-rounded contributing citizens. Now that three- and four-year-old children are included in our public schools throughout Texas, policies and laws that govern their education must be based on current, evidence-based research. What happens during the first five years of a child’s life is the foundation for the rest of his or her life.

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Cathy's Childhood

Cathy was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. After two years, her family (parents, two older brothers, and one younger brother) moved to Medellin, Colombia, where they lived until Cathy was almost six years old. Cathy lived in Virginia from 1954 to 1962 while her dad taught at American University in Washington, D.C. During that time, her younger sister was born.

Cathy lived in Saginaw, Michigan, from 1962 to 1964, when her family moved to Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from high school in 1966.

Cathy Arrives in Texas

In 1974, Cathy spent the summer working with children of migrant families in Princeville, Illinois. Her father, a linguist, received a professional newsletter; she saw a short blurb in the newsletter about a brand-new master’s degree program in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the (also brand new) University of Texas at San Antonio. Inspired by the wonderful children and families she had met that summer, Cathy packed up her VW bug and drove down to San Antonio. For the first time since she left South America, she felt like she had come home. The people! The culture! The language of her childhood.

Cathy felt she could make more of an impact on the lives of children if she had an advanced degree. She began commuting from San Antonio to Texas A&M University while working full time and earned her doctorate in Education and Human Resources Development.

Cathy and Politics

While at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in the early 70s, Cathy participated in protesting the Vietnam War (and Nixon). She campaigned for George McGovern in 1972. When Henry Cisneros ran for mayor of San Antonio in 1981, she got involved in his campaign. She remembers block-walking on the West Side of San Antonio and being dismayed at seeing unpaved streets in areas populated mostly by Hispanic citizens.

After spending many holidays in Port Aransas, Cathy moved to Rockport to enjoy the Coastal Bend full-time. Here she has served as Democratic Precinct Chair for Precinct 4a. She has worked as a poll worker in several elections and also served as an alternate judge in the most recent election. Recent events led her to believe that voting and donating to campaigns is not enough. After repeatedly telling people that they had to DO something, she realized SHE had to do something. And that is why she is running as the Democratic candidate for Texas State Representative for District 32.

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